So I'm doing like the song says, and going west for a few weeks. I leave tomorrow for Vancouver, where I spend just shy of a week, then it's on to Edmonton for the weekend for a cousin's wedding (the reason for the whole trip) where I'll get to meet up with a bunch of family and family friends, then it's off to Jasper for the remainder of the week to hang out in cabins with some of said family and friends. I return home on the afternoon of the 26th. It should be a good time; I apologize to everyone whose events I'll be missing in Montreal, but I'll be busy exploring new cities, eating awesome sushi, etc. Sorry.
And yes, I'm contemplating going mountain biking on actual mountains. No, this isn't smart.